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Portland Charter Commission Delves Into Balance Of Power Between Elected Mayor and City Manager

October 15, 2021 Media Mentions
Portland Press Herald

On Thursday, October 14, 2021, The Portland Press Herald reported that Portland’s charter commission has begun discussing the topic of balancing the power between the elected mayor and the city manager. Currently under the charter, the mayor and the city manager hold an important relationship. The city manager, who acts as a gate keeper to city staff who often use their expertise to assist elected officials in creating and implanting policy, is currently overseen by the nine-member council. Within the article, Verrill attorney James Cohen commented that he suggests a change be made to the charter so that “councilors can do the policy work they need to do and get information.”

Read the full article on the Portland Press Herald website.

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Incidental Take of Migratory Birds Prohibited Once Again as New MBTA Rule Becomes Effective

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Connecticut Supreme Court Rejects Tough Delaware Standard in Allowing Member Inspections of Manager-Managed LLC Books and Records – Or Does It?

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High-Profile Former U.S. Department of Justice Prosecutor, David Lazarus, Joins Verrill’s Health Care and Life Sciences Practice

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Andrew Nevas appears before Connecticut Supreme Court regarding COVID rent dispute

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Trademark Litigation: Software

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2021 Year End Employee Benefit Plan Amendments

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Maine Rural Water Association Annual Conference with Verrill Attorney Mathew J. Todaro

Verrill Attorney Mathew J. Todaro, along with two others, will be presenting at the Maine Rural Water Association’s 41 st Annual Conference and Trade Show. Their presentation, “PFAS and Practicality Regulatory Updates with a...

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Medicare's Future: Improving Health Equity and Implications for Employers

On Wednesday, December 15th at 2 pm join the National Academy of Social Insurance , Verrill , the New England Council , and the Massachusetts Hospital Association for a virtual discussion on the future...

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Copyright Litigation: Software

Defended equipment manufacturer in copyright dispute involving firmware for digital subscriber line access multiplexers (“DSLAMs”). Case resolved favorably.

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Maine Rural Water Association Annual Conference

On Wednesday, December 8th from 12:40PM to 2:10PM Verrill Attorney Mathew Todaro will be speaking at the Maine Rural Water Association's 41st Annual Conference. Mat and two other speakers will be presenting "PFAS and...

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